Circularity in action: circular economy role models of Greece

Two enterprises in Greece, Tinos eco-lodge and Coffee-eco are at the forefront of the circular economy, revolutionising how businesses operate in the country. These initiatives highlight the transformative potential of innovative businesses in driving a more sustainable future.

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At the heart of the CirculUP! project lies a compelling mission – to spotlight and celebrate pioneering entrepreneurs within the Impact Hub Network, who exemplify the principles of the circular economy. By sharing their journeys, our goal is to boost awareness and promote the adoption of a circular economy in Armenia, catalysing a transformative shift toward sustainability.

Leading Greece into a greener future, Tinos Eco Lodge and Coffee-Eco are role models for sustainability. Their commitment to a circular economy reshapes how businesses operate and paves the way for circularity as a business design principle in Greece. 


Impact Hub Athens always aims to be at the forefront of promoting sustainable initiatives and recognises the relevance and transformative potential of such ventures. Both these businesses are part of their committed social and environmental innovation community.

Tinos Eco Lodge

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscape of Tinos Island, the Eco Lodge stands as a testament to responsible tourism. Founded by passionate eco-advocates, the lodge represents a significant departure from traditional holiday accommodations. 


Instead of maximising visitor numbers or luxury, the focus here is on sustainability and minimal environmental impact. Every element of its construction, from the energy-efficient designs to the use of local materials, embodies circular economy principles. 


By offering workshops on permaculture and sustainable living, the lodge also educates its guests, encouraging them to adopt a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. The result is an innovative model that challenges the status quo of the tourism industry and showcases the tangible impact of eco-entrepreneurship.


Coffee, is a staple in the lives of many, yet its production often comes at a significant environmental cost. With an average of two cups of coffee consumed daily by each person, the waste generated equates to 50 grams per day and 93.5 g of CO2e. This is where Coffee-Eco steps in. 


With a mission to reduce that waste, Coffee-Eco uses espresso byproducts to create microbiome-friendly skincare ingredients. This innovative business is not only recycling coffee, beer, and wine waste and turning it into valuable products, but it is also helping other businesses in the hospitality industry embrace circularity. 


Coffee-eco works with hotels, providing eco-friendly options to guests by repurposing coffee waste and returning hotel amenities made from it. It’s a great way to transform your food business from linear to circular.

In a world grappling with environmental challenges, the initiatives of Tinos Eco Lodge and Coffee-eco stand out brightly. Their unwavering commitment to the principles of the circular economy showcases the potential of businesses to be both profitable and sustainable. Together, they remind us of the collective power of innovative ventures in steering the world towards a more sustainable future by moving away from linear models of consumption and production. 


This article is presented in collaboration with Impact Hub Athens.


The CirculUP! project in Armenia is a transformative initiative spearheaded by the collaborative efforts of the Impact Hub Network, Impact Hub Yerevan, and the Environment and Health NGO, with support from the European Union in Armenia

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